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Report: Renewables account for 19.9% of primary output

Renewable energy sources represented 19.9% of Cuba’s primary energy production in 2008, according to a newly released report from the country’s national statistics office (ONE).

 

Last year, total power generation on the island rose 1.91% to 18TWh, BNamericas reported previously.

Biomass led the renewables charge, with consumption up 5.6% last year over 2007, said the national renewable energy sources inventory, which was prepared by ONE’s industries unit.

Officials attribute biomass’ growth to the recovery of the sugar industry and the subsequent increased availability of bagasse.

Hydropower and other renewables saw production fall 15% and 5.8%, respectively.

WIND

On the wind power generation front, the report adds that studies continue to determine areas with the greatest potential.

Measurement work is underway in the northern coast areas of the provinces of Pinar del Río, La Habana, Villa Clara, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín and Isla de La Juventud, as well as mountainous regions of provinces Granma and Santiago de Cuba.

 

In related news, Cuba’s state news agency AIN reported work has begun to install the island’s fourth wind park near the municipality of Gibara, in Holguín.

Six Goldwind S-50 type turbines will make up the 4.5MW project which is due to come online this year and will increase Gibara’s wind power generation capacity to 9.6MW.

The other two wind farms in operation are Los Canarreos (1.65MW) and Isla Turiguano (.225MW).

Earlier this year, the country’s basic industry ministry announced that Cuba’s total identified wind power generation potential reaches 4.5GW.

Other renewable power comes from small-scale hydro, specifically 180 units that last year generated 138GWh, as well as solar and biogas.

 

Source: http://www.bnamericas.com



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